Recently, I was struggling with my street photography. It seemed to me I was not making any progress, or even that I was regressing and that I was not able to find any more interesting subjects and situations. Just when I was starting to think I was developing a semblance of style, it all suddenly evaporated and all I was getting was frustration.
But yesterday I went to Florence with some friends and the joy and enthusiasm of shooting street came back. At first, I was moving timidly and with a lot of uncertainty, but as the day progressed, I was feeling more and more confident.
Apparently, this is just what I needed to re-energize my street photography: a day spent, camera in hand, in a city invaded by a billion tourists, where everybody has a camera, a cellphone or a tablet in hand and nobody notices yet another person with a camera.
A place where people are goofy or do silly things, just because they’re doing what tourists do. Add rain to the mix and everything becomes much more interesting.
I am realizing more and more that I am drawn to humorous subjects. The goofier people behave, the more I am willing to photograph them. Is this the birthing of a more personal style? Only time will tell.
Thank god for a small camera, the Fuji X100s, that you can hold in one hand, while holding an umbrella in the other one.